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This is the first computer I am ever building, and I am kind of nervous. In the past I have had Dells, and they were just getting too expensive and too proprietary for my liking. Now, I am building a computer.

I'll just cut to the chase. I will be buying a Core 2 Duo E6420 after the July 23rd price drop, but I am having trouble finding a good SLI motherboard. Keep in mind, I do have cooling problems, especially with my old Dell (1 fan, mind you) as the place I keep my computer is not optimal (under my desk and surrounded by nasty wires.) So, I need a mobo that stays cool but also has a good OC reputation, as I will be overclocking this processor.

I have also narrowed my case choices down to an Antec 900 or a P182, depending on the money I have at the end of the day (This is so you have an idea of what this mobo will be getting into). But, that's a different story for a different thread.

Basically, I need a cool PC so it will stay alive for a good amount of time. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
post #2 of 16
Whats you mobo budget?
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post #3 of 16
Get the 900. It give you plenty of room and is easy to use all the modular cages and bays. It also has as much airflow as you could possibly need. In fact, I couldn't imagine anyone ever using all the fans on the highest settings. As for the c2d motherboard, I have only had limited experience with them.
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post #4 of 16
yeah wahts mobo budget?
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post #5 of 16
I agree that you should go with the 900, but only if you have the money. If you're planning on spending less than like $1500, I would downgrade the case. Basically I don't think that a case should cost more than 10% of a build.

One thing to do is to surf the Overclock forums and take a look at what other components people are using with their Core 2 Duos, in your case. This is the best place to look on the whole interweb. Put together your parts list and show us
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post #6 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonghitter400 View Post
Get the 900. It give you plenty of room and is easy to use all the modular cages and bays. It also has as much airflow as you could possibly need. In fact, I couldn't imagine anyone ever using all the fans on the highest settings. As for the c2d motherboard, I have only had limited experience with them.
You could stick an Antec 900 in a carboard box, seal it up, and give it 4 small air holes, and it would still be the best air cooling casE!

Not literally lol, but it is an excellent case for airflow, i would imagine it would perform well in a tight spot compared to other cases.
post #7 of 16
i'm not a huge fan of SLI motherboards, but i think this EVGA 680i is one of the best if you can afford it.
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post #8 of 16
First thing is.Welcome to the forum. Now you in the rigth place mate.Hang in here and all the great members goin,to set you up with a monster rig.
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post #10 of 16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131073
This is what I would recommend for an SLI board. It will fit into your budget nicely. However, are you certain you want SLI? Most people use a single card and upgrade that card in the future as opposed to getting a second for SLI.
If you don't need SLI, an ASUS or Gigabyte P35 board would be your best bet. They overclock like there's no tomorrow.
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